A dental crown (formerly known as a cap), is a full coverage restoration. Like a helmet that goes over your head, a crown covers the entire visible surface of the tooth. It looks like a brand new tooth. As we age, many of us find ourselves with teeth that are not structurally sound. Grinding or clenching our teeth, an improper bite, age, fillings, root canal, and tooth decay can all be contributing factors in wearing down and cracking or breaking teeth. Genetically defective and mal-positioned teeth can also benefit from restoring with dental crowns. Dental crowns can add strength, durability, and stability to affected teeth and in many cases can restore, straighten, and enhance a beautiful smile.